Talking Technique: The Pinkie Workout (Video)

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Grab your gear, we’re headed to the gym!

This workout does your fretting fingers good. Especially the little one of the bunch…

The Pinkie!

We cannot address the fourth/fifth finger separation problem often enough! They just do not like to move separately!

And to make matters worse,, the pinkie is by far the weakest of the bunch, so it needs a little extra TLC!

So let’s give it the kind of attention that it just doesn’t get in our normal daily lives – let’s strengthen it and help it to move independently from the ring finger.

This video is chock full of exercises and drills to increase the independence of  the little one. Remember to take  it easy, stay relaxed and don’t overgrip.

The PDF will come in handy.


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Bass guitar by Marleaux
Soundmix by
My favorite Strings (by Dean Markley, tapered)
Amp by TC
Revsound Cabs
Favorite Looper: Infinity by Pigtronix
Fretwrap for muting when tapping by Gruvgear


  • max
    January 30, 2019, 04:19  Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I will be in need this sort of exercises to revive my pinkie after trauma

    • Ari
      January 31, 2019, 21:50

      Sorry you had an injury! Make sure to relax while you play. Periodically dropping your hand (gently handing it over to gravity) has worked wonders for us and our students. We often tend to overcompensate when training small muscles and work against ourselves. Best wishes!!

  • Lawrence Garnes
    February 3, 2019, 08:46  Reply

    Thanks so much, I have you book and it’s open my playing up. I found you book before your videos, so I a little behind the curve. Recently I developed trigger finger in my left hand ring finger, so I really want to thank you for the pinky exercises.

  • KathLeen
    February 3, 2019, 10:07  Reply

    These are great exercises, thanks Ari! When I first started playing (almost 5 yrs ago) I would avoid using my pinky if it was possible. But since I’ve worked very hard on my technique and my pinky is stronger and my finger independence has improved significantly. I will definitely add these to my practice regimen.

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